UPDATE | Standoff suspect indicted on felony charges

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UPDATE: Monday, May 16, 2016

HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A former military veteran involved in a 15-hour standoff with police in March has been indicted on nearly a dozen felony charges.

27-year-old Randall Seaton has been indicted on four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; four counts of aggravated assault; one count of criminal damage to property; one count of terroristic threats and one count of reckless conduct.


UPDATE 4:54P.M. Monday, May 16, 2016

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW) -- The man accused in a 15-hour standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies is now behind bars.

According to jail records in Columbia County, Randall Edward Seaton, 27, was booked Wednesday.

Seaton is being charged with four counts of aggravated assault, one county of criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree, and reckless conduct.


News 12 First at Five / March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- After a more than 15 hour standoff, a Columbia County incident report sheds some light on what set off the 27-year-old veteran.

According to the narrative, Randall Seaton became extremely upset after hearing his best friend had passed away, threatening his own life, and saying he would shoot any police officer who walked onto the property.

In this neighborhood near Harlem, hearing gunshots from hunters is not uncommon. But this time, it was a different scenario: a standoff between more than 20 deputies and Seaton, as he refused to leave the house. From 5:30 p.m. last night, to around 9:00 a.m., deputies tried to coax the 27-year-old veteran.

"We wanted to get him out and hopefully talk some sense into him and, you now, get him some help," said Captain Sharif Chochol with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Seaton was firing shots out of an upstairs window, and for the most part, not aiming at anything in particular. He did shoot down one of the county's drones, which ended up in a neighbor's tree.

"Crazy, especially to have something like this happen just down the road and not really know what was going on," said Joey Amerson, who lives down Browns Road. Today, he came home to deputies swarming his normally-quiet street.

"I was heading out to take care of some things but when I came back, both ends were blocked," he said.

In the police report, the suspect's ex-girlfriend explained to deputies Seaton suffers from PTSD, and told her "that he was not afraid to die." After that, she called the Sheriff's Office to intervene.

After a short hiatus in shots overnight, it started again in the morning.

Harlem High School, about a half mile away from he standoff, was put on soft lock down.

This morning, officials say Seaton surrendered in the front yard.

"Shots were fired, and then he decided to give up. And he just...gave up," said Chochol.

The Sheriff's Office reports Seaton is undergoing a mental evaluation at Eisenhower Medical Center before he faces charges, and is booked at the detention center.

With no one injured during the dangerous ordeal, neighbors in Harlem say they can rest easy now.

"I just hope he gets the help he needs," said Amerson.


UPDATE 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Columbia County officials released the name of the suspect involved in the Harlem standoff.

Deputies said the suspect is Randall Seaton, 27. According to the incident report, the suspect's ex-girlfriend said Seaton got very upset when he learned his friend passed away. She also said Seaton struggles from PTSD and was concerned when he said he was not afraid to die. The ex-girlfriend said Seaton said he was going to shoot any police that came to the house, according to the incident report.

The ex-girlfriend said she wanted him out of her house because of his erratic behavior and called deputies.

Documents show Seaton was arrested in August of 2015 due to a family violence court order violation.

Captain Sharif Chochol said Seaton is at Eisenhower for a mental evaluation before he's transported back to the detention center.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing at this time.


UPDATE 12:00 P.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Captain Sharif Chochol with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office says the standoff started as a domestic dispute between the suspect and his ex-girlfriend.

Chochol said the girlfriend left the residence and called them around 5:30 p.m. Sunday night. He said the suspect was the only one in the house.

The sheriff's office said he was shooting in the air during the standoff, but also exchanged fire with deputies before he surrendered. They said he did not struggle after surrendering. Luckily no one was injured in the shootings. The suspect surrendered after about 15 and a half hours. Chochol said he hopes the suspect gets the help he needs.


UPDATE 9:12 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Per Sandra Carraway, Columbia County Superintendent, the soft lockdown has been lifted.


UPDATE 9:05 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office tell us that the Harlem standoff is now over after 15 1/2 hours.

The armed military veteran is in custody.


UPDATE 9:00 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- All roads near Harlem police standoff on Browns Road have re-opened.


UPDATE 8:35 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Per Sandra Carraway, Columbia County Superintendent, the school is now operating on a soft lockdown while this standoff situation ensues.

UPDATE 8:25 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Lanes near Browns Road are shut down as more shots are fired in a police standoff involving an armed veteran.

Our crews on scene say shots are still being fired.

UPDATE 7:45 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Negotiations have begun with an armed veteran as a police standoff enters hour 14.

Our crew on scene says the suspect has fired at least 2 more gunshots.

UPDATE 7:15 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Harlem High School has put their "emergency procedures" in place this morning during a standoff at a home nearby on Browns Road, according to Harlem High Principal Dietmar Perez.

Perez says they are not going into detail about whether or not it is considered a soft lockdown.

The standoff is entering its 14 hours and Columbia County Captain Andy Shedd says the man still has not spoken to them since around 4 a.m. Monday morning. He says he would not speak until daybreak.

UPDATE 4:15 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- An armed military standoff suspect says he will not speak to law enforcement until daybreak, according to Columbia County captain Andy Shedd.

UPDATE 3:15 A.M. Monday, March 7, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- A stand off with a military veteran at a home in Columbia County continues Monday morning. Columbia County Official Andy Shedd says deputies have been trying to negotiate on the phone off and on for hours.

The standoff started around 5 p.m. Sunday and will likely continue after sunrise. We are told the man may suffer from PTSD and emotional issues and is inside by himself. Shedd says he is ex-military but is not from Fort Gordon.

Shedd says the home they are at is not the man's house, but is a friend's house. Multiple shots have been fired, but not towards law enforcement.

UPDATE| Sunday, March 6, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies on scene of a standoff in Harlem say the suspect has fired multiple times in the air and not at deputies.

Officials said they are looking to peacefully resolve conflict and bring him out.

Deputies have been on scene off of Appling Harlem Road since around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.


UPDATE Sunday, March 6, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY Ga. (WRDW) -- Columbia County authorities are flying a drone over the area of a possible standoff.

Our reporter on scene says he's hearing more shots fired off of Appling Harlem Road.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY Ga. (WRDW) -- Columbia County dispatch says law enforcement is on scene near the Harlem High School.

Our reporter on scene says he heard multiple shots fired off of Appling Harlem Road. He's also hearing reports the suspect is ex-military.

Originally, dispatch said deputies were on scene where a suspect threatened to harm himself. We are hearing reports it could be a standoff.

Columbia County law enforcement confirms SWAT is on the scene and a suspect is in a house in a wooded area.

We will update you as soon as more information becomes available.